A man who’s trying to replicate a run inspired by the film “Forrest Gump” used part of his journey to honor the NBA champions.
Jim Plunkett-Cole went on a 50-mile run through San Francisco on June 13. His path on this day, mapped out on a photo the Englishman posted on Twitter, spelled out “Warriors 2017 NBA champs.”
He told The Washington Post that he was in the Bay Area when Golden State beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 to secure the title. He saw how excited people were following the victory.
“The whole city just went absolutely bonkers,” Plunkett-Cole told the Post’s Aaron Torres. “I could just see this was such a huge, huge thing, and I felt quite inspired to do some sort of tribute in my normal way.”
The day after the Warriors won their second championship in three seasons, he set off on a run – one that’s impressive but is just a small part of his mission.
Plunkett-Cole is attempting to run 20,000 miles in 1,172 days – just a bit longer than three years – according to his page on pledgesports.org in an attempt to get children to be more active. Plunkett-Cole – who goes by Jim Gump on Twitter – began running on Oct. 1, 2016, with the hope to “inspire a generation,” according to his page.
According to Neatorama, Tom Hanks’ character in ”Forrest Gump” ran 19,024 miles in three years, two months and 14 days. Plunkett-Cole would cover more ground if he reaches his goal.
He told the Post he’ll be in the Bay Area and he’s planning runs that map out the shapes of three major Silicon Valley firms – Facebook, Google and Twitter.